One of the most impressive high school passing careers in Washington, and for that matter the nation, came to a close Saturday. Next stop, Boise State.
Brett Rypien, who plans to enroll in January and join the Broncos for spring practices, threw for 329 yards in a season-ending loss in the playoffs, but it gave him 13,044 career passing yards — the most in Washington state history. The Shadle Park High quarterback topped Max Browne (Sammamish High), now at USC, who had thrown for 12,953. Rypien also finished with 1,006 career completions, also best in the state history books. His 140 touchdown passes are pretty amazing, but Bronco legend Kellen Moore threw a record 173 at Prosser High.
Rypien's season came to an end, along with future offensive teammates Garrett Larson and Akilian Butler. Defensive back commits Ladarryl Blair (Texas) and Damion Wright (California) are still alive in their respective state playoffs.
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— OL Garrett Larson, 6-4, 250, Fruitland HS
Larson and the Grizzlies reached their fourth straight 3A state championship game, but ran into a tough Snake River team in the final, losing 36-21. The Grizzlies finished 9-3. Our Rachel Roberts wrote about Larson before the game. Check it out here.http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/11/20/3497043/larson-makes-one-last-start-for.html
— QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)
Rypien's incredible prep career came to a close Saturday in a 35-20 loss to Mt. Spokane in the 3A quarterfinals. He completed 25-of-54 passes for 329 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. He finished as the state of Washington's all-time leading passer with the performance. This season, he threw for 4,552 yards on 346-of-541 passing with 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, adding 406 rushing yards. (NWPrepsNow.com)
— WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 181, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
West Mesquite's great season came to an end Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in a 50-44 loss to McKinney North in the state playoffs. Butler did his part with seven catches for 110 yards, scoring on TD passes of 9 and 51 yards. West Mesquite finished 9-3. Butler had 48 catches for 686 yards and 12 TDs, plus added two rushing TDs this season. (DallasNews.com)
— CB Ladarryl Blair, 6-0, 183, South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)
Blair and South Oak Cliff continue to roll, earning their ninth straight win in a 55-35 victory over Marshall in a UIL area playoff game in Tyler on Friday. Blair had a 5-yard rush and a 9-yard reception in the win. South Oak Cliff (9-3) plays Frisco Heritage at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday in a UIL regional semifinal. (DallasNews.com)
— DB Damion Wright, 6-1, 195, Bishop Mora Salesian (Los Angeles)
Wright and Salesian continue to surprise in the California playoffs, beating Burbank 48-27 on Friday in the CIF Southern Section - Southeast Division playoffs. Salesian (6-6) takes on Downey on Friday in the semifinals. Complete stats for Wright weren't available, but he had a 62-yard TD run and a 22-yard TD pass against Burbank. (BurbankLeader.com)
— WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-0, 190, Leesburg (Fla.) HS
Leesburg's season ended Nov. 7, finishing 3-7. Jefferson, who visited Boise State for the San Diego State win, finished the season with 42 catches for 657 yards and four TDs. (OrlandoSentinel.com)
— LB Drew Berger, 6-1, 220, Coeur d'Alene HS
Coeur d'Alene's season ended Nov. 7 in the 5A quarterfinals. He is expected to be Idaho's lone rep in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in California, it will televised on Fox Sports 1. Per MaxPreps.com's stats, he had six rushing TDs and two receiving TDs on offense. On defense, he had 93 tackles (nine for losses), three sacks and three interception returns for touchdowns.
— OL John Molchon, 6-5, 270, Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas)
Molchon and the Crusaders had a six-game winning streak and their season come to an end with a 34-27 playoff loss Nov. 7 against Desert Pines.
— CB Marnez Ogletree, 5-11, 190, Fullerton College (Gwinett, Ga.)
Ogletree did not played the last three games for Fullerton, which had its season come to an end Saturday in a 44-14 loss to Mt. San Antonio. In eight games, Ogletree had 21 tackles and an interception, plus ran back three kickoffs for touchdowns, averaging 39.4 yards per return. (FCHornets.com)
— DL Ben Moa, 6-4, 275, Grossmont College (San Diego)
Moa had a pair of tackles in a season-ending 42-41 loss against Orange Coast College on Nov. 15. In 10 games this season for 4-6 Grossmont, he had 42 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. (cccaastats.org)
— S Kam Miles, 6-2, 205, Butler CC (Dallas)
Butler ended the season with a 40-28 win Nov. 8 over Ellsworth. Miles had six tackles and a pass breakup. In 11 games, Miles had 50 tackles (4.5 for losses) and a forced fumble. (ButlerGrizzlies.com)
— RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 195, Arlington (Texas) High
Sheard had a big game in Arlington's season-ending 56-26 win over Paschal on Nov. 7 with 20 carries for 162 yards and three TDs. He finished the season with 211 carries for 1,502 yards and 17 touchdowns. (DallasNews.com)